Each year the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases its list of safety focus areas for the coming year. On the list this year is an increased focus on occupant protection.

An independent investigative agency of the federal government, the NTSB collects data from transportation accidents across the country. Using evidence gleaned from accident reports and other sources, the agency makes recommendations to prevent future accidents.

With influence that stretches across multiple modes of transportation in the United States, the 2014 Most Wanted list from the NTSB covers areas that include the following:

  • Rail safety
  • Fire prevention
  • Distraction in transportation
  • Occupant protection

These are only a few of the focus fields of the NTSB. Occupant protection is of concern to safety officials and consumers alike.

One of the simplest forms of occupant protection is the seatbelt. Seatbelts have been shown to save lives in accidents involving cars, trains, planes and other modes of transportation.

According to the NTSB, there were 35,000 transportation deaths in the United States in 2012, most occurring in motor vehicle accidents. In Texas, the rate of traffic fatalities continues to rise. In 2012 alone, more than 3,000 people died on our roads. Of those killed over age five, only 54 percent were restrained by a seatbelt.

For the NTSB, taking aim at occupant safety makes sense. By emphasizing seatbelt use among drivers and passengers, they may be able to reduce the number of senseless fatalities and debilitating injuries that occur in motor vehicle accidents. If you are injured, consult Personal Injury Attorney Dallas today.

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